IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

A SACAP representative meeting with a consumer

As of September 28, 2022, the State of Alabama Client Assistance Program is administered by the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program. Visit adap.ua.edu or call  205.348.4928 for more information and to get connected with an advisor. Within the state of Alabama, you can also call the toll-free number: 800-826-1675.

If you are a person with a disability and are experiencing problems, or are in need of information regarding the Alabama's Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS), vocational rehabilitation service providers, or an Independent Living Center, we can be of assistance. (SACAP) tries to improve communication between you, your counselor and others involved in your rehabilitation program. (SACAP) may also provide additional information regarding resources in the community. If you have been denied services or need guidance in the application process, (SACAP) can provide support that is confidential.

If you want to express a concern regarding a problem you are having with Vocational Rehabilitation, a vocational rehabilitation service provider, or an Independent Living Center, you may do so on-line or print a copy and either fax or mail it to (SACAP).

FOR PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice of Intent To Redesignate the Rehabilitation Services Administration's
Client Assistance Program

(July 27, 2022)

This document constitutes Notice of Hearing to receive public comment on the proposal by Governor Kay Ivey to redesignate the agency or entity responsible for the administration of the Client Assistance Program (CAP) from the current designated agency, which is the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS), to the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program (ADAP), which is the protection and advocacy agency serving Alabama.

The Office of the Governor, through the Governor’s Office on Disability (GOOD), will hold a public hearing on August 16, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be live in the first-floor conference room of the ADRS building located at 560 S. Lawrence Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104 and via call-in conference line. Please contact the Governor’s Office on Disability at graham.sisson@good.alabama.gov or marlene.word@good.alabama.gov to obtain more information or ask questions.

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The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments from all interested persons regarding the redesignation of the CAP from ADRS to ADAP. The Governor will fully consider all public comments before issuing a written decision regarding designation. If there is no opposition to the redesignation, or if comments against redesignation are insufficient to overcome the need to redesignate, the Governor will issue a written decision to redesignate to ADAP effective on or after September 1, 2022.

Copies of this notice will also be mailed to the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), the State Independent Living Council (SILC) and members of the public upon request.

Notice: People requiring reasonable accommodations or assistance at the hearing should contact Marlene Word, GOOD Deputy Director at 334-293-7228 or marlene.word@good.alabama.gov, on or before August 10, 2022.

CAP is a federally mandated program (34 CFR Section 370), which advises and informs clients and client-applicants of all services and benefits available to them as authorized by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended 29 U.S.C. Section 732. In Alabama, these programs are provided through the vocational rehabilitation services division of ADRS.

As established in Section 112 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the purpose of CAP is as follows:

To provide assistance in informing and advising all clients and client applicants of all available benefits under this Act, and, upon request of such clients or client applicants, to assist and advocate for such clients or applicants in their relationships with projects, programs, and services provided under this Act, including assistance and advocacy in pursuing legal, administrative, or other appropriate remedies to ensure the protection of the rights of such individuals under this Act and to facilitate access to the services funded under this Act through individual and systemic advocacy.

The Client Assistance Program shall provide information on the available services and benefits under this Act and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12111 et seq.) to individuals with disabilities in the State, especially with regard to individuals with disabilities who have traditionally been unserved or underserved by vocational rehabilitation programs. In providing assistance and advocacy under this subsection with respect to services under this title, a client assistance program may provide the assistance and advocacy with respect to services that are directly related to facilitating the employment of the individual.

CAP is one hundred percent federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) through an annual formula grant to the Vocational Rehabilitation Division of the ADRS. The grant will be fully transitioned to ADAP upon redesignation.

Alabama is one of only a few states in the country in which the agency housing vocational rehabilitation services (ADRS) is the designated agency for administering CAP. The Governor holds the authority for the designation of the agency responsible for operating the CAP in accordance with Section 112 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Federal regulations, 34 CFR Section 370.2(c), indicate that this designation should be to an agency independent of any agency that provides treatment, services, or rehabilitation to individuals with disabilities. ADRS has been allowed to continue as the designated state CAP agency because of its status as such prior to 1984 under 34 CFR Section 370.2(d).

ADAP’s stated mission is to provide quality, legally based advocacy services to Alabamians with disabilities in order to protect, promote, and expand their rights. ADAP’s stated vision is one of a society where persons with disabilities are valued, exercise self-determination through meaningful choices, and have equality of opportunity.

The Governor believes that ADAP is better suited to administer CAP because its mission, vision, extensive experience, and existing infrastructure better align with the goals of CAP. It is uniquely prepared to advocate for vocational rehabilitation consumers. In addition, the Governor wishes to join the majority of states, which have CAP located within the designated protection and advocacy system.


Persons wishing to comment upon the proposed action of the Governor’s Office may appear at the scheduled public hearing or participate via phone. Persons wishing to provide their comments in writing or oral form may do so via phone, email or direct mail routed to:

Graham L. Sisson, Jr.
CAP Re-designation
Governor’s Office on Disability
602 S. Lawrence Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
E-mail: graham.sisson@good.alabama.gov
Telephone: 334-293-7189
Written or oral submissions must be received by GOOD on or before August 26, 2022.



Second Notice of Intent To Redesignate the Rehabilitation Services Administration's
Client Assistance Program

(August 3, 2022)

This document constitutes Notice of Hearing to receive public comment on the proposal by Governor Kay Ivey to redesignate the agency or entity responsible for the administration of the Client Assistance Program (CAP) from the current designated agency, which is the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS), to the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program (ADAP), which is the protection and advocacy agency serving Alabama.

The Office of the Governor, through the Governor’s Office on Disability (GOOD), will hold a second public hearing on August 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be virtual, using a HIPAA compliant version of the Zoom software. Please contact the Governor’s Office on Disability at graham.sisson@good.alabama.gov or marlene.word@good.alabama.gov to obtain more information or ask questions.

Topic: SACAP Redesignation Public Hearing #2 - Virtual
Time: Aug 19, 2022, 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments from all interested persons regarding the redesignation of the CAP from ADRS to ADAP. The Governor will fully consider all public comments before issuing a written decision regarding designation. If there is no opposition to the redesignation, or if comments against redesignation are insufficient to overcome the need to redesignate, the Governor will issue a written decision to redesignate to ADAP effective on or after September 1, 2022.

Copies of this notice will also be mailed to the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), the State Independent Living Council (SILC) and members of the public upon request.

Notice: People requiring reasonable accommodations or assistance at the hearing should contact Marlene Word, GOOD Deputy Director at 334-293-7228 or marlene.word@good.alabama.gov, on or before August 12, 2022.

CAP is a federally mandated program (34 CFR Section 370), which advises and informs clients and client-applicants of all services and benefits available to them as authorized by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended 29 U.S.C. Section 732. In Alabama, these programs are provided through the vocational rehabilitation services division of ADRS.

As established in Section 112 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the purpose of CAP is as follows:

To provide assistance in informing and advising all clients and client applicants of all available benefits under this Act, and, upon request of such clients or client applicants, to assist and advocate for such clients or applicants in their relationships with projects, programs, and services provided under this Act, including assistance and advocacy in pursuing legal, administrative, or other appropriate remedies to ensure the protection of the rights of such individuals under this Act and to facilitate access to the services funded under this Act through individual and systemic advocacy.

The Client Assistance Program shall provide information on the available services and benefits under this Act and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12111 et seq.) to individuals with disabilities in the State, especially with regard to individuals with disabilities who have traditionally been unserved or underserved by vocational rehabilitation programs. In providing assistance and advocacy under this subsection with respect to services under this title, a client assistance program may provide the assistance and advocacy with respect to services that are directly related to facilitating the employment of the individual.

CAP is one hundred percent federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) through an annual formula grant to the Vocational Rehabilitation Division of the ADRS. The grant will be fully transitioned to ADAP upon redesignation.

Alabama is one of only a few states in the country in which the agency housing vocational rehabilitation services (ADRS) is the designated agency for administering CAP. The Governor holds the authority for the designation of the agency responsible for operating the CAP in accordance with Section 112 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Federal regulations, 34 CFR Section 370.2(c), indicate that this designation should be to an agency independent of any agency that provides treatment, services, or rehabilitation to individuals with disabilities. ADRS has been allowed to continue as the designated state CAP agency because of its status as such prior to 1984 under 34 CFR Section 370.2(d).

ADAP’s stated mission is to provide quality, legally based advocacy services to Alabamians with disabilities in order to protect, promote, and expand their rights. ADAP’s stated vision is one of a society where persons with disabilities are valued, exercise self-determination through meaningful choices, and have equality of opportunity.

The Governor believes that ADAP is better suited to administer CAP because its mission, vision, extensive experience, and existing infrastructure better align with the goals of CAP. It is uniquely prepared to advocate for vocational rehabilitation consumers. In addition, the Governor wishes to join the majority of states, which have CAP located within the designated protection and advocacy system.


Persons wishing to comment upon the proposed action of the Governor’s Office may appear at the scheduled public hearing or participate via phone. Persons wishing to provide their comments in writing or oral form may do so via phone, email or direct mail routed to:

Graham L. Sisson, Jr.
CAP Re-designation
Governor’s Office on Disability
602 S. Lawrence Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
E-mail: graham.sisson@good.alabama.gov
Telephone: 334-293-7189
Written or oral submissions must be received by GOOD on or before August 26, 2022.

Purpose

The purpose of the Client Assistance Program (CAP) is to:

  • Advise and inform persons with disabilities seeking or receiving vocational rehabilitation services of the benefits available to them.
  • Advocate for persons with disabilities seeking or receiving VR services.
  • Inform persons with disabilities of the services and benefits available to them under the Rehabilitation Act and Title  I of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

With what programs can CAP assist you?

CAP can assist you with programs, projects or facilities that receive funds from the federal government to provide VR services. The programs include but are notlimited to:

  • State vocational rehabilitation agencies
  • Supported employment programs
  • Centers for Independent Living
  • Projects With Industry
  • Special recreational programs
  • Community Rehabilitation Programs

What can CAP do for you?

  • Advise and inform you of services and benefits available to you through programs authorized under the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Advise and inform you of your rights and responsibilities in connection with these services and benefits.
  • Inform you of the services and benefits available to you under Title I of the ADA.
  • Assist and advocate on your behalf in your dealings with VR and other projects, programs, and community rehabilitation programs that provide services under the Rehabilitation Act. Protect your rights under the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Facilitate access to services, especially if you are making the transition from public school programs to services funded under the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Provide information to the general public about CAP. Assist and advocate on your behalf to facilitate your employment.

Resources

Self-Advocacy Skills

The purpose of vocational rehabilitation is to help you get and keep a job. If you want vocational rehabilitation services, you have the right to select a vocational goal and choose the services necessary to achieve that goal.

The Appeals Process

You have the right to appeal any VR counselor determination with which you disagree. CAP can help you to file an appeal.

File a Complaint

To file a complaint with the State of Alabama Client Assistance Program,